Pennsylvania

  • July 21, 2017

    20 Democratic AGs Ask Trump To Defend DACA Program

    A group of 20 Democratic attorneys general asked President Donald Trump on Friday to defend the Obama administration program allowing unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children to stay in the U.S., a request that came against a backdrop of opposition from some Republican state AGs and an uncommitted White House.

  • July 21, 2017

    Ex-Philly, Baltimore Mayors Join Dentons' Public Policy Team

    Two prominent former mayors, Michael Nutter of Philadelphia and Stephanie Rawlings-Blake of Baltimore, have joined Dentons as senior advisors to the firm’s local government solutions team.

  • July 21, 2017

    Hersha Snags Philly Westin For $135M

    Philadelphia-based Hersha Hospitality Trust announced Thursday that it had spent $135 million to acquire the Westin Philadelphia hotel, after selling three suburban West Coast hotels.

  • July 21, 2017

    Pa. Justices Urged To Hear Appeal Over Bum Super Bowl Tix

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was urged Friday to hear an appeal after a group of Super Bowl XLV ticket holders who were left without seats to the big game were barred from reasserting claims against the National Football League after their case was moved from federal to state court.

  • July 21, 2017

    DC Circ. OKs FCC Denial Of Pa. Nonprofit's FM Application

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday rejected a Philadelphia nonprofit’s effort to revive its application to operate a low-power FM radio station, finding that the winners of the bid were entitled to make plans to join together in a time-sharing agreement in the event their individual applications fell short.

  • July 21, 2017

    Pharma Co. Fails In DQ Bid Against Ex-CEO's Counsel

    The attorneys for a pharmaceutical company’s former CEO can keep representing him in his suit against his old employers, a Pennsylvania federal judge ruled Thursday, rejecting a bid by the company and its old attorneys from a previous suit against the ex-CEO to kick his counsel out of the instant suit.

  • July 21, 2017

    Enviro Groups Renew Bid To Pause Sunoco Pipeline Drilling

    Following what they say has been a string of spills and incidents of drinking water contamination, several environmental groups are once again urging a Pennsylvania state judge to force Sunoco to pause drilling operations in connection with the construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 natural gas pipeline.

  • July 21, 2017

    Freeh Says Ex-PSU President's Conviction Dooms Libel Suit

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh on Thursday asked a Pennsylvania state court judge to end a libel suit from ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier over a report addressing the university’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, pointing to Spanier’s March criminal conviction.

  • July 20, 2017

    Pa. Judge Clears Claims In $140M Rail Depot Fraud Row

    A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed Wednesday to allow a railway company to continue pursuing claims to recoup $140 million after its business partners allegedly schemed their way out of a contract over a newly constructed facility to transfer shipments of crude oil from trains onto barges.

  • July 20, 2017

    Pa. Court Says State Can't Dismiss Vaping Tax Lawsuit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge shot down the state’s attempt to ditch a challenge to its state tax on e-cigarettes and non-vape-specific components like batteries Thursday, sending the suit brought by a Harrisburg vape shop back to the state’s court system.

  • July 20, 2017

    Elliott Greenleaf Atty Elected As Interim Philly DA

    Philadelphia’s Board of Judges on Thursday elected former prosecutor Kelley B. Hodge, of counsel at Elliott Greenleaf, to serve as the city’s interim district attorney and finish the remainder of the term left empty as a result of Seth Williams’ bribery conviction.

  • July 20, 2017

    Pa. Atty Pushes For Discovery In Defamation Row With Rival

    An attorney facing $2 million damages for pursuing a purportedly frivolous lawsuit has urged a Pennsylvania state judge to force a rival to turn over information about allegedly defamatory expert testimony he provided in the legal ethics trial that led to the jury award. 

  • July 20, 2017

    Pa. Man Admits To Stealing $40M In Bitcoin

    A Pennsylvania man is accused of identity theft and fraud after he admitted to stealing from individuals who use bitcoin, amassing a stash of the online currency valued at over $40 million, according to a criminal complaint filed Wednesday in federal court.

  • July 20, 2017

    Pa. Panel Returns Med Mal Suit To Philadelphia

    A Pennsylvania state appellate court decided Wednesday that a medical malpractice suit filed in Philadelphia should not be transferred to another county, overturning a trial court decision to move the suit and ruling the case could stay because a doctor who allegedly failed to send a timely diagnosis for the patient was working at a Philadelphia hospital.

  • July 20, 2017

    Pa. AG Taps Ex-Reed Smith Atty For Consumer Finance Unit

    The Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General announced on Thursday that it was bringing on board a former Reed Smith LLP attorney to head up a newly minted consumer financial protection unit.

  • July 20, 2017

    Pa. Man Cops To Lying Over Faulty Tests For Cancer Patients

    A Pennsylvania man pled guilty in federal court Wednesday to false statement charges after being accused of performing flawed genetic diagnostic tests for 124 cancer patients.

  • July 20, 2017

    White Collar Pros Named To New Pa. Grand Jury Task Force

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Thursday announced that it had named a mix of white collar defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges and a law professor to a new task force created to carry out a comprehensive review of grand juries.

  • July 19, 2017

    NFLers Possibly Misled By Claim Assistance Offers: Judge

    The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion litigation said Wednesday the court is concerned players who may be eligible for the uncapped settlement are being improperly solicited by claim assistance providers who may be providing misleading offers, ordering a hearing on the issue.

  • July 19, 2017

    3rd Circ. Upholds Toss Of Oil Producer Claims To Sold Oil

    In a decision with broad implications for the nation’s oil and gas industry, the Third Circuit on Wednesday upheld a 2015 district court ruling that rejected unsecured oil producer claims against companies that purchased their oil from a bankrupt intermediary.

  • July 19, 2017

    Netflix Copied Author's Work For 'Burning Sands,' Suit Says

    The author of a two-part book series titled “Burning Sands,” a fictional tale of six fraternity pledges at a historically black college, accused Netflix and director Gerard McMurray on Tuesday of infringing his copyright by making a movie released earlier this year with the same title and a similar premise.

Expert Analysis

  • The Elephant In The Room: Advancing Women To Partnership

    Anusia Gillespie

    Despite more focus and investment, the numbers continue to show little progress in advancing women to the top tiers of firm leadership. Considering the irreversible nature of the transformation of the market for top talent, it is time to start experimenting and innovating from the core, rather than from the periphery, say Anusia Gillespie and Scott Westfahl of Harvard Law School.

  • How Midsize Law Firms Can Minimize Cybersecurity Threats

    K. Stefan Chin

    It can be challenging for midsize law firms to develop an enterprise cybersecurity program that mitigates the eminent threat of data breach and meets the regulatory and compliance requirements of the firm and its clients. This challenge becomes daunting when considering the steady rise in client audits, say K. Stefan Chin of Peckar & Abramson PC and John Sweeney of Logicforce.

  • Heller Sequels And 2nd Amendment, Still Undecided: Part 1

    Robert Ludwig

    In the first installment of this three-part series, attorney Robert W. Ludwig takes a deep dive into the controversial history of Second Amendment jurisprudence.

  • Weekly Column

    Innovating For Wise Juries: Matching Experts

    Stephen Susman

    In the penultimate installment of this series, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project answer a question on many legal analysts’ minds: What if both sides’ expert witnesses sat in a hot tub discussing the case while a jury watched?

  • Rebuttal

    The Rise Of Midsize Firms

    Ronald Shechtman

    Recently, this publication featured an op-ed in which one law firm partner contended that midsize firms will be the next casualty of the legal market, due to a supposed inability to compete with BigLaw or boutique firms for business. Though we can expect to see Am Law firms continue to lead the market in megadeals and life-or-death litigations, by all indications midsize is on the rise, says Ronald Shechtman of Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Submitting Litigation AFA

    Gregory Lantier

    Outside counsel should be able to articulate why she is proposing an alternative fee arrangement for this matter. If the client has not requested an AFA or the case is unusually difficult to budget with accuracy, this might not be the case to propose an AFA, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • How Mobile Apps Can Benefit Your Practice

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    Despite the boom in mobile application development, many lawyers are still reluctant when it comes to using apps in their daily work. Attorney Sean Cleary explores the benefits and shares some recommendations for apps geared toward attorneys.

  • Daubert And Product Liability: Mid-2017 Update — Part 1

    Max Kennerly

    A good way to understand the state of the Daubert standard in product liability cases is to examine the four most recent published circuit court opinions. All have one thing in common: The defendants framed Daubert as a matter of pseudoscientific absolutes, and the courts rejected the defendants at every turn, says Max Kennerly of Kennerly Loutey LLC.

  • Rebuttal

    The Future Of Litigation Finance Is Analytics

    Eva Shang

    In a recent Law360 guest article, Christopher Bogart of Burford Capital LLC claimed that "while theoretically well designed to find the proverbial needle in a haystack, big data and AI currently lack the ability to do so usefully in a commercial litigation financing context." But AI can manage many of the tasks that litigation financiers would otherwise perform, says Eva Shang, co-founder of Legalist Inc.

  • Where AI Meets Cybersecurity And The Legal Profession

    Randy Sabett

    Artificial intelligence and machine learning will continue to be a major focus for the legal community, whether as an isolated topic, as it intersects with cybersecurity, or within the legal profession itself. Each of these raises unique concerns for attorneys, says Randy Sabett, vice chair of Cooley LLP's privacy and data protection practice group.